Leon Edwards did not rule out the possibility of a fight Khamzat Shimaev in the future. Rocky was originally supposed to fight the Swedish star at UFC Vegas 21 this weekend.
Rising star and Leon Edwards welterweight fight has been postponed three times after both fighters tested positive for COVID-19 before the fight.
Contact RT Sport, ‘Rocky’ said he would be ready to face Chimaev in the future if the conditions of the fight were right for him at the moment.
“I’m looking towards the title. That’s my main goal: to be world champion. Khamzat [Chimaev] only had three fights in the UFC with guys not even in the UFC top 10, you know what I mean. So my goal is to be a world champion. So I am looking towards the belt, not towards Khamzat. If he’s progressing he’s young, you know what I mean. If he progresses, we can surely see each other right down the line, ”said Leon Edwards.
Rocky also offered advice to the 26-year-old Swedish-Russian mixed martial artist, who still suffers from the lasting effects of COVID-19.
“Khamzat, rest. [After] by recovering, we hope that one day we can find ourselves on the road, ”said Leon Edwards.
The UFC booked Belal Muhammad to fight Rocky after the third fight attempt failed. Chimaev is still struggling to recover his form due to the lingering symptoms of COVID-19.
Leon Edwards sympathizes with Khamzat Chimaev
The first time their fight was postponed in 2020 was due to Leon Edwards testing positive for COVID-19. The British hunter is said to have lost nearly 12 pounds while infected.
For this reason, Rocky understands the difficulties that Khamzat Chimaev is facing at the moment. The UFC welterweight sensation contracted the virus last December.
Chimaev made a shocking announcement recently, stating that he would be withdrawing from MMA due to the severe after-effects of COVID-19 on his body.
In the same interview with RT Sport, Leon Edwards played down past controversies with the young fighter and wished him a speedy recovery.
“At the end of the day, there is life after fighting, right? And he’s a young man, and I wish him nothing but good health and recovery. is fighting, but when you go through issues like that, it’s different. It’s personal, right? You have a family and stuff. So I wish her well, and that’s it, really Said Leon Edwards.